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HISTOCHEMICAL STUDY OF NORMAL HUHAN MUSCLE SPINDLE (II):HISTOCHEMICAL CLASSIFICATION OF NORMAL INTRAFUSAL NERVE ENDINGS Mitsunori Saito 1 1Department of Neurolog, Juntendo University School of Medicine pp.1343-1349
Published Date 1976/12/1
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1406203991
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Muscle specimens were obtained from nine fresh autopsy cases (64-86 y. o.) and four biopsy cases (17-38 y. o.). The thenar muscles (autopsy) and other skeletal muscles (biopsy) were used (Table 1). These muscles had never histochemically patho-logical findings in the extrafusal muscles. Muscle tissues were quickly frozen in isopentane at -60 ℃ and cut into 10-15μ thick serial transverse sections in a cryostat, and then mounted on cover-slips or slides.

For histochemical demonstration of the intrafusal motor nerve endings, cholinesterase technique (Koelle's modified method) was employed and follow-ing three types of the fusimotor endings were classified (Table 3a & Fig. 6).

1) En plaque endings were observed as a plate-shaped cholinesterase activity on transverse sections(Fig. 1). This type of the fusimotor endings were localized at the polar zone on Bag II fibers and Chain II fibers, which are histochemical types of the intrafusal muscle fibers and were described previously by auther.

2) En grappe endings were seen as an arched cholinesterase activity on transverse sections (Fig. 1). This type of the fusimotor endings were localized at the polar zone on both the nuclear bag fiber (nbf) and the nuclear chain fiber (ncf).

3) Diffuse endings were observed as a ring-shaped cholinesterase activity on transverse sections (Fig. 2). This type of the fusimotor endings were localized at the intermediate zone on both nbf and ncf.

For histochemical demonstration of the fusisensory endings, cholinesterase technique were employed, but negative cholinesterase activity were revealed at the equatorial zone (Fig. 3). So using mitochondrial oxidative enzyme activity of NADH-TR stain, following two types of the fusisensory endings were classified (Table 3a & Fig, 6).

1) Primary sensory endings were observed as large irregular patches of diformazan. This type of the fusisensory endings were localized at the juxta-equatorial zone on both nbf and ncf (Fig. 4a). And then, this large irregular patches of diformazan well corresponded electron-microscopically to aboundant mitochondrial distribution of the primary sensory ending (Fig. 4b).

2) Secondary sensory endings were seen as a halo-shaped enzyme activity of diformazan (Fig. 5a). This type of the fusisensory endings were localized at the equatorial zone on both nbf and ncf. And then, this halo of diformazan well corresponded electronmicroscopically to scarce mitochondrial dis-tribution of the secondary sensory ending (Fig. 5b).


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